Day 62

Juliane Okot Bitek

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Unless you believe in the eye of the needle

this kind of poverty will never be about material

 

it won't be about ragged clothing

or mud huts with broken walls

or river blindness

or murram roads

or bad-humoured fields that hoard curses

& promises that there won't be a harvest

this year or next year or ever

 

this isn't the poverty of sleep

or for that matter dreams

 

this is my deep loss

my poverty

 

he will never touch my hand again

he will never touch my hand

Juliane Okot Bitek, “Day 62” from 100 Days. Copyright © 2016 by Juliane Okot Bitek. Reprinted by permission of the University of Alberta Press.

Source: 100 Days (University of Alberta Press, 2016)